Washington Bypass Just About Ready

It's been a question on the minds of many who travel through Beaufort County. When will the construction end and when will the new Highway 17 Bypass open?

A thorough inspection from construction manager Phil Lafave reveals the completion of the Highway 17 bypass lay in the blueprints of mother nature--not exactly in the hands of crew workers. "The majority of the work that's left is extremely weather dependent. The line striping and the earth work that's left for the shoulders is dependent on getting some warm, dry days."

So when exactly can you expect to take advantage of this much talked about travel route? Lafave says, "I would say early March, late, late February early March."

DOT officials say they plan to have a ribbon cutting ceremony on February 26th -- but the bridge will not open until the beginning of March. The original completion date was scheduled for November of this year, so it is opening well ahead of schedule.

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